Cleaning diamonds with toothbrush | Image credit GIA.com by Eric Welch/GIA
Do DIY jewellery cleaning tips really work? Yes! Rings, necklaces and earrings gather up lots dust, oil and dead skin every day… yuk! But don’t worry, our jeweller is here to show you how to make them sparkle again. Follow these instructions carefully. You’ll be amazed at how much better your jewellery looks!
1. Toothbrush, soap and warm water method
For all diamond and gemstone jewellery except pearls*, use this method. Take a bowl and fill it with warm water. Never wash jewellery over a sink as an earring or a lose stone could go down the drain. Now add a bit of ordinary hand soap or a tiny drop of Fairy liquid. Soak your jewellery quickly, then scrub it gently with an old toothbrush and rinse. Pat it dry with a lint free cloth. You will notice a huge difference in how your diamonds sparkle.
*NEVER soak pearls in water, they’ll damage. Read our pearl cleaning tips below.
2. Silver DIY clean
Only use this method on jewellery that’s made just with silver – never use it on any silver jewellery that has gems, diamonds or any other materials included in it, as they could get damaged. To use this method, first line a ceramic bowl with tin foil, shiny side up. Fill the bowl with water, add a teaspoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of salt and a dash of white vinegar. Then place your silver in the mixture for 1-5 minutes, keeping a close eye on how it starts to clean itself. You can move it around a bit with a plastic spoon if you want. As soon as it looks shiny and clean, take it out and rinse with water, pat dry and voila! Your silver jewellery will have its shine back.
3. Treat pearls to a shampoo
As we said above, never, ever soak pearls in water! Instead, take a clean eye shadow brush, dip it in warm water with the tiniest bit of shampoo added. Then gently brush each pearl individually with the brush. Avoid touching the knots of the necklace’s string, so they don’t get wet – this could discolour them, or tighten them, causing your necklace to lose shape. Afterwards, first wipe each pearl clean with a clean, slightly dampened cloth, then follow with another wipe with a dry, lint free cloth. Lay your pearls flat to dry to avoid stretching – or blow dry laid flat on a cold hairdryer setting.
4. Non-sparkly diamonds? Pour a vodka
For a very quick fix, if you’re heading off to a party and want to make your engagement ring or diamond studs really dazzle, soak them in a glass of vodka for one minute. Afterwards rinse well with cool water, pat dry with a clean cloth… and wear to impress!
5. For convenience… use a Dazzle Stik
These nifty little pens are just incredible. They’re perfect if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to mess around with soap and water. You’ll literally get dazzling results – with total safety for your jewellery – in seconds. It might sound like just another gimmicky thing, but the Connoisseurs Dazzle Stik really, really works and isn’t expensive for the number of uses you’ll get from it. We all here at TheDiamondStore have one and have tried it at home so we can personally vouch for the results. Just dip the brush end into water, screw the top so the blue micro-cleaning gel comes out, then brush your jewellery with it, rinse and pat dry. Ta-dah!
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